The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides annual salaries and hourly wages for speech-language pathologists in a large number of cities and regions of Texas as of 2015:
Exceptionally High Rates of Job Growth and Employment Levels for SLPs in Texas
Texas had the highest numberr of jobs for speech-language pathologists in the country in 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. More than 12,700 people practiced as SLPs in the state that year.
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Certain metropolitan areas of Texas ranked highly for their number and concentration of jobs for speech-language pathologists:
- Sherman-Denison: highest concentration of jobs in the country
- Dallas-Plano-Irving: 3rd highest number of jobs in the country
- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land: 4th highest number of jobs
Almost half of the SLPs in Texas were employed in the Dallas and Houston areas in 2015.
The increase in the number of jobs for speech-language pathologists in Texas will exceed 25% between 2012 and 2022 according to the state’s Workforce Commission. Projections suggest that the this rate will be even higher in a number of the state’s Workforce Development Areas (WDAs):
- Tarrant County—30.5%
- Cameron County—30.4%
- Gulf Coast—29.9%
- Capital Area—29.2%
- North Central—28.8%
- Heart of Texas—28.6%
- Middle Rio Grande—28.6%
- Brazos Valley—27.3%
- South Texas—26.7%
The number of jobs for SLPs should average 485 a year during the time frame of these projections. More than one-quarter of the total jobs in the state that will become available should be in the Gulf Coast WDA which comprises the Houston-Galveston area.
Speech-Language Pathology Salaries in Texas
Experienced speech-language pathologists in the top 10% eraned an average of $128,211 ($61.64 hourly) as of 2015 according to the Texas Workforce Commission. The median salary among the state’s SLPs was $71,086 ($34.18 hourly).
The median salary among speech-language pathologists in the Dallas Workforce Development Area was the highest in the state. Shown below are the areas of Texas with the highest median salaries for SLPs:
- Annual: $85,516 – $150,114
- Hourly: $41.11 – $72.17
- Annual: $81,650 – $146,092
- Hourly: $39.25 – $70.24
- Annual: $74,774 – $128,061
- Hourly: $35.95 – $61.57
- Annual: $73,897 – $115,107
- Hourly: $35.53 – $55.34
- Annual: $73,851 – $155,114
- Hourly: $35.51 – $74.57
North East Texas:
- Annual: $73,060 – $120,704
- Hourly: $35.13 – $58.03
- Annual: $72,250 – $104,436
- Hourly: $34.74 – $50.21
Lower Rio Grande Valley
- Annual: $72,021 – $100,972
- Hourly: $34.63 – $48.54
North Central Texas
- Annual: $71,189 – $126,097
- Hourly: $34.23 – $60.52
- Annual: $70,585 – $100,645
- Hourly: $33.94 – $48.39